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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 10, 2010 8:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

Well, it seems that the majority of this thread has remained on point. My one attempt at bringing the conversation to the level of 5th grade bathroom humor seems to have failed. In some ways I am grateful.

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 10, 2010 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

I agree, small percentage.

I sold some T-shirts and stickers in the parking lot. I never went to a venue without a ticket. I'm a planner. Someday I plan to be a nomad.

We traveled to AZ and OR for shows. I never enjoyed them as much as hometown shows. Although the sales were much better on the road as opposed to Oakland or Mt.View or Cal Expo.

Touring heads were normal people......individuals dealing with varying levels of shit. The misconception that they were, or should have all been, "kind and friendly" still exists today.

You'd think there would have been at least one great writer among the touring crowd. One who could tell the story of the journey and the people in an entertaining manner. But here we are 15 years later and the great touring head novel has yet to materialize.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 10, 2010 6:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

Check out Growing up Dead: Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead. I haven't read it yet, but it looks good. Not a novel, but a memoir -- and not, thankfully, one in which he tells made-for-Oprah tales of woe and recovery:

http://www.amazon.com/Growing-Up-Dead-Hallucinated-Confessions/dp/0306817330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&;s=books&qid=1281488777&sr=8-1

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 10, 2010 9:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

Thanks AR. I appreciate the response.

Rasta, I was never a touring head. I was a Bay Area kid and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend many, many Bay Area concerts and sporting events. My love for the music inspired me to see the band often. However, I never fit the profile of lot-rat, tour-kid or bus-seat-filler. I was fingered by heads in the lot as a cop on more than one occasion. So it completed my throw-back experience when a kid standing outside the Senator Theater said, "evening officer" as I approached the door. DSO was playing. I laughed much more loudly than I did as a kid.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 11, 2010 8:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

Hey Flow--I was struck by the salesman in you...if you don't mind my asking, was it just a lark? IE, you weren't hugely invested? I guess I wouldn't have pegged you as "one" though that in no way was meant to sound as negative as I think it does now...hmmm. I can see you looking like a cop, in a good way...har, but truly.

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 11, 2010 9:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

Well WT, that was the beauty of it. I knew the owner of Club Dead a licensed merchandiser of GD products. They also had their own line of T-Shirts and stickers designed by independent artists.

He would set us up with some sticker display boards and some slightly flawed clothing. We would bring some homemade tie-dye, which we became rather skilled at producing. Thus we had a conversation starter, bartering power and few bucks in our pockets. The Club Dead guy, who shall remain nameless, only asked for a small percentage in return. Interestingly, it was easier to trade for good pot at a show than it was to buy it.

We cleaned up in Arizona in 1992. My pal and I went with about $50 each. We paid for tickets at Dillards, all the party essentials, Gas-Food-Lodging(although we did crash at some AZ heads place for a night)and each came home with a couple hundred, plus the nut for the Big Guy. Sweet deal.

Oakland was always dry hole. Often it was just too cold and miserable to stand around and vend. We'd sometimes do promotional hand-outs for Club Dead. Free T-Shirts are always popular. All of this also resulted in my wife and I receiving vendor wrist-bands for Shoreline shows. There was a lot of back-scratching going on.

Ours was an odd group. Club Dead guy and gal, my buddy Jake from the Warriors, an NBA Beat Writer for CC Times, occasionally Walton and who ever I would take with me. My current wife included in said group. The NBA guy would walk right out of the building at halftime and FILL his media bag with beer and bring them back to our section. It was madness. It was truly unforgettable.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 12, 2010 6:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

Outstanding! Truly an inside perspective; must have been an absolute gas...

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Poster: rastamon Date: Aug 10, 2010 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

that's your your book to write high flow..."The deadlot meanderings of a nomad"
yeah, we need a better title

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Poster: shakeitupnow Date: Aug 11, 2010 5:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

recently read "Tiger in a Trance" by Max Ludington. I did not like this book at all -- to me, the book is about drug abuse, not the dead or touring. Here are some official reviews:
http://www.jambase.com/Articles/5963/MAX-LUDINGTON-TIGER-IN-A-TRANCE-A-NOVEL(-I)-(Anchor-'04)
http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/books/reviews/n_9088/

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 11, 2010 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead? not on your life...

Growing Up Dead is similar . We just haven't found our writers yet . They are out there . Must not be time yet .